The Academy of Physicians in Clinical Research (APCR) 2017 Annual Meeting kicked off with a GCP and Beyond pre-conference course on Friday, October 20. Rather than focus solely on regulatory knowledge, this course addressed specific skills that physicians need to succeed in clinical trials such as patient care issues, clinical research site management techniques, and leadership.
The APCR 2017 Annual Meeting focused on a wide array of topics – everything from wearable devices, specific therapeutic areas of interest, site/sponsor collaborations, to non-traditional income opportunities for physicians in clinical research. Dr. Jonathan Seltzer, president and CEO of ACI Clinical, discussed non-traditional income opportunities for clincial research physicians as he examined the current trends in clinical research, including use of non-traditional clinical trial data sources and technical innovations.
Another well-received lecture was presented by Dr. Lindsay McNair, chief medical officer of WIRB-Copericus Group. Dr. McNair’s lecture addressed the impact of social media on clinical trial integrity. Since a large portion of the population is active on social media, it’s important that physicians understand how it’s use may impact clinical development programs.
On Sunday, October 22, MAGI chairman, Norman Goldfarb, discussed hiring, training, managing and retaining research coordinators. His lecture provided attendees with an excellent overview of why it’s so important to have the right team when it comes to driving the performance of a clinical research site.
All in all, the 2017 Annual Meeting greatly contributed to the APCR’s vision of preventing and curing disease as well as protecting and enhancing the welfare of research subjects through the dissemination of knowledge concerning medicine and device development.